Updated 1st June 2019
One of the great things about the British Isles is that they are about a whole lot more than historic monuments, castles, ruins and the tranquillity of some rural idyll – there is also a mountain of adventures and activities throughout the country.
Some of the best spots for activities – whether extreme or otherwise – might be almost on your own doorstep, whilst others might be in new and untravelled corners of these islands.
When visiting the latter in particular and with tired and aching bones, one of the last things you are likely to want is the long slog home or the prospect of roughing it on some windswept mountainside.
If you take your caravan with you, of course, you are always assured of a warm and comfy home from home, where you can rest a while, get a good night’s sleep – and launch off into your next round of wild activities in the morning.
What is more, and however remote a corner your thirst for adventure might take you, you are likely to be surprised by just how many well-organised and well-appointed caravan sites are right next door or a short drive away at most.
Combining some of the best adventure activities and sports which the British Isles have to offer with the freedom and ever-present comfort of a touring caravan to return to at nights might be all that you need for a well-earned weekend break or the holiday you have been promising yourself for some time.
In this brief guide, the aim is to introduce you to some of the locations where you can indulge a hankering for more adventurous activities – and where you will find a handily placed site for your caravan at the end of the day.
Even if you have never been there, Scotland conjures up pictures of breath-taking mountain scenery, rugged and windswept moorland, and fast-flowing white water – all the ingredients for some adrenaline-pumped action set amongst spectacular scenery. Here are just a few examples.
Just the term “canyoning” might give you some idea of the thrills and spills this activity might bring. Imagine doing it down the sides of Britain’s highest mountain and the excitement is bound to rise still further – wild swimming, cliff jumping, abseiling, sliding down natural water flumes, and scrambling beneath waterfalls are all activities you are likely to find memorable to say the least.
Where to stay
- Glen Nevis Caravan & Camping Park, a 30-acre site, with fantastic views of majestic Ben Nevis right from the door of your caravan. It is in Fort William, one of the principal access points for Ben Nevis itself and its four fields offer 40 fully serviced (electricity, water and drainage) pitches for caravans and a further 150 pitches which are partially serviced (electricity only);
- Glencoe Mountain has 10 microlodges, 4 microlodge plus, 6 camper/caravan hook-up points, 30 camping plots, showers (£1 for 5 mins), drying rooms and an onsite café with a fully licensed bar. Not only is the scenery stunning you can enjoy hill walking and mountain biking in the summer and, for the hardier types sledging in the depths of winter;
Not only is the scenery stunning but the resort also offers its own organised adventure activities – from hill walking and mountain biking in the summer and, for the hardier types, snowboarding, skiing and sledging in the depths of winter;
- Red Squirrel Campsite is set in the heart of Glencoe, with its 22 acres stretch along the banks of the River Coe. Records suggest that the area was popular with campers as long ago as 1914, and the present site was opened in 1984, when there were still many red squirrels to be seen there – unfortunately less common now. The site offers 22 acres of space and the owners therefore feel no need for online or emailed bookings or reservations.
Gartmore (near Loch Lomond)
No fewer than 26 activities – from the more adrenaline-filled abseiling, kayaking and off-road driving to relatively more sedate archery or pistol and rifle shooting – are listed by Action Adventure Activities at its centre just to the east of Loch Lomond, 23 miles from the centre of Glasgow and roughly an hour’s drive away from Edinburgh.
New activities are being added all the time, with some of the more recent including stand-up paddle boarding, a junior sphere and mountain board experience, and junior 4 x 4 driving.
Where to stay
- Cashel Campsite situated on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, the campsite offers a peaceful and tranquil setting that is only a few miles from all the activity at Gartmore. The site offers 168 pitches for tents, motorhomes and caravans with some also offering fully serviced hard standings;
- Keltie Bridge Caravan Park is within the beautiful Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, near the town of Callander and, so, a short drive from the activity centre at Gartmore. The site offers a total of 75 pitches for caravans, all of which are on level ground and some of which are fully serviced;
- Lomond Woods Holiday Park, as the name suggests, caters for those looking to rent a more permanent holiday home, but there are also pitches for a number of touring caravans. The latter are all on hard standing, with some offering electricity hookup, water, drainage and digital TV connection, whilst others offer electricity hookup only.
The name says it all really – no limits to the thrills and spills on offer from this activity centre, located near the southern boundary of the Cairngorms National Park, just three miles south of Pitlochry and about an hour’s drive away, therefore, from either Glasgow or Edinburgh.
On offer is a whole raft of white water based activities to get the adrenaline pumping. There is even a section for younger adventurists – appropriately called Wee Limits.
Where to stay
- In Pitlochry itself you will find the Milton of Fonab Caravan Park, a peaceful family-run site with both static holiday homes for rent and pitches for touring caravans. It is the holder of an AA Campsite of the Year award. This large park has pitches for up to 170 caravans and tents, all with electric hookup;
- Faskally Caravan Park is similarly close to all the activities based at Nae Limits, since it is also in Pitlochry, on the banks of the River Garry. The site advertises “plenty” of pitches for both tents and caravans, all of which have electricity hookup;
- Aberfeldy Caravan Park is less than 10 miles away, situated on the banks of the famous River Tay. As a retreat from the day’s exertions at Nae Limits, you are likely to find the park both restful and quiet, with stunning views over the river. 133 pitches for touring caravans and motorhomes are available, all with electric hookup.
Norther Ireland is no stranger to adventure activities, many of which are headlined in one helpful guide, Outdoor Activities in Northern Ireland.
Todds Leap, Ballygawley
The Ultimate Todds Leap Experience blind Land Rover driving, JCB driving, other off-road driving experiences, zip wires, the dreaded “Drop Zone”, even a rodeo bull to ride – for heaven’s sake, all is there at this activity centre near Ballygawley in County Tyrone.
Although overnight stays can be arranged at the activity centre itself, why not take your caravan to one of the nearby sites to take a proper holiday of it all.
Where to stay
- Clogher Valley Country Caravan Park offers peace and tranquillity in the heart of the Clogher Valley – an ideal spot to recuperate after your exertions at Todds Leap. It holds a 12-month licence, so remains open the whole year round and offers 33 pitches for tents, motorhomes and touring caravans on both hard standing and on grass and each with water and electricity points nearby;
- Just a few miles to the west of Todds Leap at Ballygawley you will find Drumhoney Holiday Park, just outside Enniskillen. The park has space for up to 40 touring caravans – all on hard standing pitches;
- Teepee Valley Campsite is a few miles southeast of Ballygawley, across the county boundary in Armagh, in the Cusher Valley. The site is a “certified location” by the Caravan Club and, so, is small, quiet and peaceful – offering a total of just 5 pitches for touring caravans and each one on hardstanding, with electricity, water, waste water outlet for each pitch.
“Open” canoeing, kayaking and mountain biking are some of the activities you might want to try out in the stunning setting of the Castlewellan Forest Park, just an 11 minute drive north of Newcastle – and the same distance from Dundrum – in County Down.
There are beginner level courses and those to suit more advanced adventurers – of whatever age.
Where to stay
- Murlough Cottage Caravan Park is an ideally situated retreat from the activities at Castlewellan, being on the road between Newcastle and Dundrum and therefore only a mile or two from the canoeing centre. Touring caravan pitches are all on hard standing and there are special awning pitches with gravel alongside. All pitches have electric, water and waste water points;
- Windsor Holiday Park is a short walk from the seaside town of Newcastle. Although the park concentrates on the rental of static holiday homes, there are also pitches for a number of touring caravans, on grass, but each with an electrical hookup;
- Strangford Holiday Park is on the shores of Lough Strangford and a dozen or so miles to the east of Castlewellan, ideal for further exploration of the Ards Peninsula and the iconic Mountains of Mourne. Once again, the park concentrates on static holiday homes, but also offers a number of pitches for touring caravans, all of which are on hardstanding with electricity hook-ups, water and drainage points.
Four Elements Adventure, Gortin, County Tyrone
Just a mile from Omagh in the northwest of Norther Ireland is the Four Elements Adventure centre which offers adventure breaks not just for individual visitors, but also business team-building outings and other groups. Canoeing, coasteering, and gorge walking are all on offer.
Where to stay
- In the hills of Gortin – and therefore only a stone’s throw from Four Elements is Sperrin Mountains Caravan Park. The site offers 24 touring caravan pitches, each on tarmacked hard standing (20 of which have space for the awning too) and each with an electrical hookup;
- To the southeast of the county, but still only 20 miles or so from Omagh is the large, 70-acre Dungannon Park. The site offers 12 pitches for touring caravans, each with its own electrical hookup and water supply point;
- Round Lake Caravan Park is a short walk from Filemiletown, 15 miles from the Four Elements Adventure centre in Gortin. There are 12 fully serviced hardstanding pitches for touring caravans and the site also offers a slipway for boats and coarse fishing.
“How Green Was My Valley” is the title of a nostalgic look back at the life and times of growing up in Wales. The valley almost certainly had a river running through it, but these days any hint of white water is going to attract those with the thrills and spills of adventure activities in mind.
Whether your adrenaline fix is best met by white water or any number of other activities, Wales may be certain to come up with many locations worth considering.
Adventures Wales, near Cardiff
It is only a few miles from the Welsh capital of Cardiff, yet Adventure Wales offer white water rafting on the completely wild and natural rivers Usk, Wye and Rhondda. Travel to the relevant river head by minibus and career down its course in specially constructed white water rafts guided by experienced professionals.
Although the centre offers one of the only year round white water rafting courses in Wales, low river condition might mean a last-minute switch to equally exhilarating gorge walking.
Where to stay
- Cardiff Caravan and Camping Park, if you want to stay in Cardiff, close to all the white water excitement provided by Adventure Wales, it might be difficult to beat this caravan site on 70 acres of prime land at Pontcanna Fields in the centre of the city. It offers 43 individual and fully serviced “grasscrete” pitches for touring caravans, space for a further 20 touring caravans on grass pitches, and a further 40 pitches without an electric hookup;
- Llandow Touring Caravan Park is approximately 20 miles west of Cardiff in the Vale of Glamorgan, only three miles or so from the area’s heritage coast. The site won a Certificate of Excellence award from Trip Advisor for the 2015 season and offers a total of 175 pitches for touring caravans in two different fields. Many are grass pitches but those on hardstanding are available at no extra cost
On land or on water, the huge open spaces of the Brecon Beacons give Black Mountain Activities a head start when it comes to finding and organising adventure activities.
It is almost impossible to list all of the activities available here since they encompass everything from rock climbing and caving to white water rafting and open canoeing, from abseiling to high level rope walking, to mountain biking and orienteering – and a lot more besides. The centre is just six miles from Hay-on-Wye and ten from Brecon itself.
Where to stay
- Just one and a half miles from Hay is Black Mountain View for touring caravans. The park makes a special welcome for tourers and offers all level pitches, on grass, with electrical hookup and digital TV connection;
- Also just a short walk from Hay – and so only a stone’s throw from Back Mountain Activities – is Ashbrook Caravan and Camping Park. Pitches for touring caravans are all on hardstanding and 16 amp electric hook-ups are available on request;
Anglesey Adventures, Anglesey
If you venture to this island at the very northwest tip of Wales, you might indulge all of your adventure activity dreams, whether they be rock climbing, coasteering, gorge scrambling and mountaineering, abseiling or kayaking – probably more than enough for even the most hardened of adrenaline junkies.
If you want to get away from it all, then Anglesey may be the answer to many a prayer – and, if it makes any difference at all, you get to tread the ground that was the first home for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Anglesey Adventures is based in the island’s main town of Holyhead.
Where to stay
- Pen-y-Llyn Caravan Site to the west of Holyhead, and a 10 minute drive away at Llanfair-yn-Neubwll, this small, low-density touring caravan site is for adults only and offers just five fully serviced pitches;
- Home Farm Holiday Park or Parc Gwyliau to give it its proper Welsh name, is situated on the coast directly east of Holyhead and offers 3 individually named fields for touring caravans (Maes Isaf, Maes Canol and Maes Maes Uchaf) on a mix of hardstanding and grass pitches, many of which are fully serviced;
- Plas Uchaf Caravan and Camping Park, also on the east coast of Anglesey in the small town of Benllech, this site is listed by the Caravan Club and has RAC approval. On a mixture of both hardstanding and grass pitches it offers ample space for a good number of touring caravans.
England is not all about lazy days around the village cricket green, messing about in boats or just dozing in your deckchair. You probably don’t need to look very far to discover a far more active world of adventure activities certain to get the adrenaline pumping – whatever your age.
Peterlee Parachute Centre and Drop Zone – why keep your feet on the ground when you can enjoy the exhilaration of falling from an aircraft, with a parachute strapped to your back of course! The centre offers both solo and tandem parachute jumps – the latter with a trained and experienced tutor. The minimum age for making a jump is 16 and anyone over the age of 40 also needs a doctor’s certificate, whether jumping solo or in tandem. Those over the age of 50 must make their first jump in tandem.
The centre is located at Shotton airfield, which is 2 miles west of Peterlee and just 10 miles east of the City of Durham.
Where to stay
- Just a few miles to the south of Durham, in the village of Old Cassop, is Strawberry Hill Farm Caravan and Camping Site. Touring caravans have a choice between either grass or hardstanding pitches and all have electric hook-ups (16 amp);
- Finchale Abbey Touring Park is situated just four miles or so from the City of Durham and has been owned and managed by the same family since 1951. It is set in the tranquil countryside on a bend in the River Wear and overlooks the ruins of a Benedictine abbey. There are pitches for up to 40 touring caravans, most of which are on grass, although there are some on hardstanding. Some are also fully serviced with electrical hookup, mains water and waste water drainage;
- Durham Grange Caravan Club Site perched above the meandering River Wear, the site has attractive views and is still only three miles from the centre of the City. This Caravan Club site offers a total of 76 pitches for touring caravans, 51 of which are on hardstanding and 8 of which are fully serviced.
Crags Adventures, Windermere, Lake District
The Lake District, of course, has more than its fair share of adventure activities and from your base at Crags Adventures, in the centre of Windermere, it is possible to join like-minded individuals for climbing tours, canyoning, rappelling, abseiling and many other outdoor activities in these craggy wilds of the country. You can even add to your list of activities one that your friends might not yet have heard of – ghyll scrambling.
Where to stay
- Amongst the countless number of touring caravan sites in the Lake District, Park Cliffe is on the shores of Lake Windermere just a few miles south of the town itself and the base point for Grags Adventures. It is a large park, spread over 25 acres with one area set aside for the 70 pitches for touring caravans, on either grass or hardstanding, but all with electricity hook-ups and mains water supplies;
- Hill of Oaks is an award-winning park with its own mile-long frontage onto Lake Windermere. Pitches available for touring caravans include standard pitches and premium, lakeside pitches. All have electric hookup, with parking space for your car alongside and for your caravan’s awning;
- Braithwaite Fold this Camping and Caravanning Club site is on the eastern shores of Lake Windermere and just a stone’s throw from the town itself. The site describes itself as “compact” but can nevertheless accommodate up to 66 touring caravans, each on a level hardstanding pitch with electric hookup.
The heart of England is also a place where you can find plenty of adventure activities to satisfy even the thirstiest of adrenaline junkies.
Ultimate Activity Company, Hereford
Although based in Hereford, the Ultimate Activity Company arranges a huge range of adventure activities throughout the Midlands. Fancied your chances as a member of a SWAT team, storming buildings in order to arrest criminals or terrorists, maybe you would like to learn how to drive a tank, test yourself with some rock climbing or explore white waters in your canoe for the day – the Ultimate Activity Company arranges all these and more.
Where to stay
- Just five miles from the city of Hereford is Lucksall Caravan and Camping Park, situated in the beautiful Wye Valley. The park extends for 28 acres of mixed woodland and offers a total of 139 flat and closely mown grass pitches, including some on hardstanding, all with a 16 amp electrical hookup;
- Poston Mill Country Holiday Park is only a little further along the Wye in the appropriately named Golden Valley. There is a wide variety of pitches for touring caravans, with tariffs depending on hardstanding or grass and the level of services provided;
- The delightfully named Cuckoo’s Corner Campsite is only a few miles from Hereford. It offers 16 pitches for touring caravans, all on hardstanding and with electric hookup and mains water nearby.
Ackers Adventure, Birmingham
It might be in the heart of the Midlands, but Ackers Adventure Pingu Ski School is open the year round and offers, skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing on its artificial slopes. The ski centre offers facilities for winter sports enthusiasts of all ages, but makes a special effort to encourage younger, fledgling skiers.
Where to stay
- In the Wythall district of Birmingham, the Chapel Lane Caravan Club Site has the twin benefits of being close to the city yet also enjoying a rural setting. Its 117 pitches for touring caravans include 85 that are on hardstanding;
- Just a stone’s throw from the city itself, in the suburb of Sutton Coldfield you will find Marsten Caravan Park. Since it is in the very heart of England, the site is easily accessible from any direction and offers both hardstanding and grass pitches for touring caravans, with the option of those with an electric hookup;
- An adult’s only caravan site, in the Forest of Arden between Coventry and Birmingham, may be found at Somers Wood Caravan Park. The site offers a total of 48 pitches for touring caravans, all with 10 amp electric hookup, with some on hardstanding and the remainder on grass.
With just a shade under 300 miles of coastline, it probably comes as no surprise that the southwest’s Duchy of Cornwall packs in a host of sea and water-related adventure activities. Here are just two of them.
Cornish Coasteering, St Minver, Cornwall
Coasteering combines wild sea swimming with scrambling over the rugged rocks and taking a plunge into the waters below when your route on land becomes impassable. Cornish Coasteering is based near Polzeath on the road to Wadebridge on the north Cornish coast.
Where to stay
- The obvious choice to stay when you are visiting Cornish Coasteering is the latter’s base at Dinham Farm Camping and Caravans. Near the beach at Polzeath, the site offers easy access to the two principal stretches of coastline used by Cornish Coasteering and gives visiting touring caravans the option of an electric hookup;
- Tristram Campsite is right by the beach at Polzeath and offers you immediate sea views from the door of your caravan the minute you wake up in the mornings. It is a large site, with more than 100 pitches for tents, motorhomes and touring caravans. Pitches are graded according to the facilities provided and come as “standard”, “premium” or “prime”;
- Also close (200 yards or so) to the beach at Polzeath is one of the oldest campsites in Cornwall – Valley Caravan Park, which first opened in 1945. Today, it offers a variety of pitches with varying levels of service for touring caravans, tents and motorhomes.
Vertical Descents, St. Ives, Cornwall
Vertical Descents in Cornwall offer a range of land and sea-based activities including surfing and eco-coasteering, power kiting and kite buggying.
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Where to stay
- Polmanter Touring Park is within walking distance of St Ives and caters for touring caravans, tents and motorhomes. There are non-serviced grass pitches, hardstanding serviced pitches, multi-serviced grass pitches and multi-serviced hardstanding pitches;
- Trevalgan Touring Park is only two miles away from St Ives, nestling between the green fields of open farmland. More than 130 pitches are offered, with some having basic services, some multi-serviced and others with no services supplied;
- Higher Penderleath Caravan & Camping Park the coast as well as unspoiled countryside. Pitches for caravans, tents and motorhomes are all on grass and electric hook-ups may be available.
One of the attractions of southern England, of course, is that it is likely to offer longer hours of summer daylight – not to mention the sun – to help you stay warm during whatever adventure activities you choose to pursue.
Go Ape Wendover Woods, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Choose a scrambling net or climbing wall to reach the treetops of this airy adventure land and take in the views over the unspoilt landscape of Aylesbury Vale before negotiating the high ropes crossings, tree-top high wires and down to the ground zip wires.
Where to stay
- Highclere Caravan and Camping Park is approximately 25 miles from Aylesbury, near the towns of Chalfont St Giles and Beaconsfield. Described as a 4-star site, Highclere offers a variety of grass and hardstanding pitches for touring caravans in addition to motorhomes and tents;
- In the Chiltern Hills about 15 miles from Aylesbury you can find Home Farm Camping and Caravan Site. It offers up to 12 pitches for touring caravans, 5 of which are on hardstanding and electric hook-ups are also available;
- 26 miles south of Aylesbury, on the River Thames at Maidenhead, there is Amerden Caravan and Camping Park. If your adventures at Go Ape Wendover Woods have given you a hearty appetite, you might be reassured that this caravan site is within walking distance of the village of Bray and its famous restaurants. Touring caravan pitches are on grass and come with or without electric hookup.
To state the obvious – buying a static caravan typically involves spending a significant sum of money.
You are about to invest in a place that may serve as your home away from home, a holiday retreat, or one to let to paying guests, for many years to come. It is not something you will want to get wrong and some of the following tips and suggestions might help you avoid doing so:
- keep in mind the basics – namely location, location, location – it doesn’t matter how attractive your static caravan is, if it is located on a site that is of no interest to the majority of caravanners then you may need to anticipate difficulty if you ever wish to sell it on;
- on a similar theme, check out the wider area. The site itself may be fine and very attractive but if there is a cement factory a mile or two down the road, known for spewing out fumes and smells, then you may want to know about that before rather than after. Remember also to think about local facilities such as supermarkets and pubs etc;
- is it in a part of the country you might want to return to on a regular basis, so the distance away from your main home may be an important consideration;
- does the site on which it is pitched offer all the amenities and facilities likely to provide you with the kind of welcome you desire each time you visit;
- look very carefully at the totality of the site. Your caravan and the one or two near it may be fine but if other caravans on the site are looking run down, it may tell you that the site is in decline and that the problem may move into your pitch area in the near future;
Your second home
- your static caravan is likely to be, to all intents and purposes, a second home – whether for holidays for you and your family, as a regular bolthole, or as a money-spinning holiday let;
- whatever the purpose, your choice is likely to be guided by similar principles to those when buying your main place of residence;
- in other words, is it big enough, does the layout suit the different purposes for which you may be buying it, are the fittings and appliances up to the standard you expect – and, quite simply, does it offer a welcoming home away from home;
- if you are buying your static caravan principally for summer lettings, does the location offer the appeal and attractions most likely to be sought by tourists and other visitors;
- a difference between the interior of your principal home and static holiday home is likely to be that the latter has more in the way of fitted furniture and equipment – unlike the lounge and dining room suites you might have in your main home, for instance;
- even though some of the furniture and furnishings may be fitted, however, this is not to say that you have plenty of creative opportunities for the interior design of your static caravan;
- a lick of paint, the introduction of new fabrics or even a carefully placed rug might go a long way to putting your own personal stamp on the décor.
Checking out your static holiday home
- get the caravan thoroughly checked out by somebody who knows what they’re looking at. If that is you then fine but if you don’t know the mechanics and electrics associated with static caravans, you should ensure that you have someone that does thoroughly look over the caravan before you purchase it;
Terms of sale
- an important consideration is whether to buy privately or directly from the holiday park on which the static caravan is already sited;
- although a private sale price might seem attractive, you may need to add to that the cost of transporting the caravan to your chosen location or pay a commission to the holiday park owners if you are buying a static caravan already pitched on that site;
- make sure that you understand the full nature of the site’s pitch requirements, regulations and costs. Verify what you are told with other caravan owners on the site. Unpleasant surprises are something you will presumably wish to avoid after purchase;
- keep in mind that the time to ask difficult questions is before you sign on the dotted line and not after. Once you have, it’ll be too late!
Just as with the main home in which you live for the rest of the year, insurance cover for your static holiday home is likely to be a priority.
Typically, static caravan insurance cover extends more to the structure and fabric of the caravan itself and to its contents. In the same way as your building and contents cover at home, the total sums insured need to anticipate a worst-case scenario, involving a complete loss and your need to replace both the caravan and its contents.
Bear in mind that in most cases, it is not compulsory to buy your static cover from the site owner – so shop around for the most suitable deal for you. Static caravan insurance providers are currently operating in a highly competitive market and you may find some attractive deals out there if you take the trouble to look around a little more extensively.
Insuring a static caravan is likely to involve special considerations which you might not otherwise encounter in respect of cover for alternative types of dwelling – since static caravan insurance is a particular speciality of ours here at Cover4Caravans, you might want to refer to some of the special conditions typically attached to such cover.
Compare your static caravan insurance cover
Of course, price is always going to be important. Nevertheless, try to balance this off to some extent against the cover being provided by a policy. If you ever need to make a claim, you will be looking very closely at the cover details and not how much the policy has cost. It therefore makes sense to adopt that approach from day one and before you actually choose the policy to begin with.
Look at the totality of the cover provided. For example, some policy advertisements may contain prominent headline good news items but some of the detail of the policy may be rather less satisfactory. It is necessary to look at that fine detail before you will be able to decide whether the policy is right for you.
Think about specialisation. Some organisations offer insurance for every conceivable requirement, which is fine, but they may struggle to display the in-depth knowledge of caravans that might be required in order to find you suitable cover. That might only come from people who specialise in caravan insurance.
Don’t get stuck in a rut. It may be easy to slip into the comfortable familiarity of simply renewing your existing policy each year. The trouble with that approach is that the market changes regularly and what might have been a good deal for you when you selected your existing policy, might now have been significantly superseded by better options in the marketplace. If you simply automatically renew each year, then you may never be aware that those opportunities exist.
Look carefully for discount opportunities. There are many potential areas where this may be available through some policies, but some insurance providers may be rather more forthcoming in this respect than others.
Money-saving tips for your static caravan insurance
The following tips may offer ways of reducing the cost of your static caravan insurance premiums:
- review your security. Some policies may recognise and reward policyholders who have taken additional security precautions, such as installing security bolts, intruder alarms, smoke detectors and the like;
- take a higher voluntary excess. This may result in a meaningful reduction in your total premium;
- look carefully at your site. If you have a static caravan that is sited somewhere with a known history of flooding or perhaps burglaries, you may find your premium prices are elevated. This step might only be meaningful if you take it before purchasing or locating your caravan of course;
- take particular precautions during the winter season, when your static caravan is more vulnerable to storms, bad weather and possible break-ins.
At Cover4Caravans, our mission is to help you find cost-effective and suitable cover.
Perhaps the common theme in the above points is that of taking your caravan insurance seriously. As the owner of a static caravan – whether one you have bought brand new, already pitched on a holiday park you like, or through a private sale – you are about to enjoy all the freedom and pleasure of owning a second home away from home.
Of course, there are a number of important considerations to take on board before taking the plunge and completing a purchase, but these tips and suggestions may help you to find an effective way forward in owning a holiday home that might be enjoyed by you and your family – or the paying guests you choose – for many years to come.
If you make a little effort on the subject of static caravan insurance, you may end up with cover that provides you with greater peace of mind and at a more cost-effective price. Of course, if you prefer, you are always more than welcome to get in touch – we will be very happy to help!
The season’s well underway and getting into full swing now, so here are some tidbits of news and information for new and experienced caravanners alike.
Fewer static caravans and more glamping proposed for North York Moors
The North York Moors National Park is proposing to reduce the size and number of static caravan parks in favour of short-term tourism – represented by touring caravans and glamping sites – and more homes for permanent residents, according to a report by the Yorkshire Post on the 13th of April.
The proposal comes in the planning authority’s new Local Plan which believes that static caravan parks, used by second-home owners and longer-term visitors, now dominate the available sites within the National Park. Re-balancing the economic, social and environmental needs of the area requires a switch away from such large facilities to smaller glamping sites – teepees, yurts and pods – and touring caravan sites, together with more homes for local residents.
Three out of four chalets and caravans inside the park are not currently let for public hire, says the Park Authority, but are used as permanent main homes, second homes or holiday lets of prolonged or protracted tenancies.
The Airbnb of camping launches
The Daily Mail reports on Camplify – a new app which echoes the wildly popular accommodation-sharing website Airbnb. But in this case, owners earn extra cash by letting out their caravan or motorhome to Camplify guests.
The average touring caravan or motorhome is used just two to four weeks a year, according to the article, and typically remain unused and just sitting in the driveway for the other 11 months of the year.
First rolled out in Australia, the app now boasts 3,500 caravan and motorhome owners registered in that country and the UK – with claims of potential earnings of as much as £10,000 a year.
Application made for the “UK’s finest holiday park” in Newquay
The UK has its fair share of holiday parks, but the best in the country is planned for a huge site at Quintrell Downs, near the Cornish town of Newquay, according to reports by Cornwall Live on the 24th of April.
A planning application for the 50 hectare (123 acre) site envisages a £50 million development of some 1,000 holiday lodges, chalets and static caravans that would house a visiting population bigger than many towns and villages in Cornwall.
Promising that it will be the “UK’s finest holiday park”, the developers also plan to build restaurants, a leisure centre, swimming pools, and other amenities on the site.
The planning authorities so far seem sympathetic to the proposals but have recommended that heritage impact, archaeological, and other assessments are first carried out in the area.
Leicestershire holiday park voted best touring site in UK
Ever wondered which is the best caravan touring site in the UK?
The wait is over as Eye Kettleby Lakes, near Melton in Leicestershire, has been voted the best in the country, announced the Leicester Mercury on the 16th of April.
The public acclaim was awarded by readers of Practical Caravan and Practical Motorhome who voted it the best for touring caravans and motorhomes alike.
The 150-acre park has benefitted from an investment of £2 million over the past two years, which has seen an increase in the number of pitches for touring caravans rise from 60 to 130, upgrading of the tea room and bar, a new site office and a resurfaced car park.
The site also boasts luxury nine coarse fishing lakes and a number of luxury log cabins and other glamping accommodation.
To identify the most appropriate insurance cover, for your own unique needs, it makes sense to compare static caravan insurance quotes.
These quotes allow you to make an informed choice about what may constitute the most appropriate static caravan cover for your own particular situation. Here are a few Faqs relating to static caravan insurance cover, so you know exactly what to look for when comparing cover.
Are static caravan insurance and park home insurance the same?
They might look the same and be sited on similar caravan parks, but there is a world of difference between a static caravan used as a holiday or second home and a park home in which you live the whole year around.
Because of that difference, static caravan insurance is not comparable to or interchangeable with park home insurance. If you have a static caravan as your holiday home, you need static caravan insurance.
Given that some caravans are located in rural areas that are well known as holiday destinations, it is also perhaps worth pointing out that if you let out your static caravan for the purposes of generating income, then you may need further insurance if your interests are to be protected.
Typical standard static caravan insurance may not cover the use of your caravan for commercial purposes including holiday lets.
Do I have to buy the static caravan insurance offered by my site manager?
The first point you may wish to bear in mind is that in most cases you are under no obligation to buy the static caravan cover that your site owner may offer you.
Understandably your site owner may be fully entitled to ensure that you have appropriate caravan cover before allowing you to use the site. That doesn’t mean, however, that you must purchase that cover from them.
While they may offer a one-policy-fits-all solution, by comparing static caravan insurance cover sourced elsewhere, you may typically find a policy that exactly meets your requirements – and often at a more attractive price too.
In most cases, you are entirely free to shop around for your caravan cover. And even if your site manager charges you a fee for administrative purposes (to check that you have the appropriate cover), overall you may still be in pocket by sourcing your cover independently.
Is it worth comparing static caravan insurance quotes?
Obtaining static home caravan insurance quotes may be of use only if you are clear about the type of caravan you have and how you intend to use it. Quotes then need to conform to those requirements and be applicable to your individual circumstances.
In short, it is always worthwhile being very clear as to the nature of your caravan and the way you plan to use it, before seeking caravan insurance quotations.
You must be sure that the cover you buy fully protects the investment that you may have made in your static caravan, and to do that, any insurance quote needs to be compared with others so that you can compare just what is on offer before making a decision one way or another.
What should I look for in a static caravan insurance quote?
One feature of cover that you may be interested in is the information that your quote for static caravan insurance has on the subject of new for old replacement.
You may find, for example, that there may typically be two main criteria used by providers of static holiday home insurance to determine eligibility for a new caravan should yours be damaged beyond the point where repairs are a realistic option.
These are the age of your caravan and the number of owners that it has had. If you have been the only owner of your caravan, there are some providers who may offer new replacement cover for statics up to three years old. Our, policies, however, provide new for old replacement on static homes up to five years old and regardless of the number of previous owners.
Another feature of a static caravan insurance quote that it may be worth looking out for is whether or not discounted premiums may be on offer. These may be available, for example, if you opt to locate your static on a site which has no record of being flood prone or where there is 24 hour supervision.
Can you tell me more about static caravan insurance quotes from Cover4Caravans?
Using our online service to find out about static caravan insurance quotes may help to bring you the peace of mind that you have the correct form of cover for your holiday home.
All our static caravan insurance quotes are what we believe are very competitively priced. Differences between policies might make some cheaper options than others – but what one caravanner considers cheap, of course, may be different from another’s.
There may be a number of options open to you to qualify for a discount for your static caravan insurance premium including, for example:
- belonging to a recognised caravan club or association;
- using a site which is not affected by flooding; or
- locating your caravan on a site with round the clock supervision.
If you have any questions about whether you need a static caravan or park home insurance quotes, we will be only too happy to help.
Do you have any top tips on carrying out a static caravan insurance comparison?
If you are conducting a static caravan insurance comparison, you may find the following tips to be helpful:
- keep the price in context – try to focus on what your options are telling you in terms of the cover they provide and the conditions they apply, as ultimately this may prove to be far more important to you than a relatively modest price difference between two typical policies;
- read the terms and conditions carefully – this area of an insurance policy or quotation is sometimes overlooked by potential policyholders and this may have serious consequences, given the fact that these T and Cs may eventually govern whether or not you will be able to make a claim in certain circumstances;
- note your obligations – an insurance policy typically highlights conditions you must meet as part of your side of the contract bargain and if you fail to do so, simply because you have not read the policy, you may discover this in the painful situation of having a claim refused;
- look for discount potential – when engaged in a static caravan insurance comparison, it might be worthwhile paying particular attention to the relative scope for discounts offered by the policies under comparison, as some may be far more flexible in this respect than others;
- think about expertise – some insurance providers such as ourselves specialise in caravans, and that is worth noting as they may be rather more familiar with the issues and challenges associated with maintaining adequate caravan insurance cover;
- shop around – the caravan insurance marketplace, like many others, is very competitive and it may pay to resist any pressures applied by people, such as site owners, to take their insurance simply because it is the first one that comes to hand – by using our online quote service, you can get a number of quotes all from one place;
- allocate sufficient time to do justice to the comparison – trying to squeeze a static caravan insurance comparison into a spare five minutes you have one evening may be unlikely to allow you to compare a number of options in the detail required and this may be a pity as it may mean that you miss some very suitable deals.
Alternatively, please get in touch and speak to one of our friendly staff – or use our online caravan insurance service – to easily see what your static home insurance options are. We’d be only too happy to help!
It’s your home away from home – but if only you had the same amount of space in which to fit all your creature comforts.
Any space-saving tips are likely to prove most welcome – so here are 8 of them:
1. Storage, storage … and yet more storage
- if there’s one thing you’re unlikely to get enough of, it’s extra storage space in your caravan;
- a Pinterest user has come up with no fewer than 172 of them – so browse through the well-illustrated page to see which of them are likely to be suitable for your own purposes;
2. Plastic boxes
- call them storage cubes, tubs, or what you will, but stackable plastic boxes extend the volume of storage space available and may keep clothing, handy devices, and all manner of odds and end all up together and out of the way;
- clearly, if you keep the same kinds of items together in their own separate storage box, you’ll know where to look and find them more easily, suggest caravan park owners Pure Leisure;
3. Collapse it
- anything capable of collapsing, so that you can stow it away until you need it, is going to take up less space;
- pop-up laundry baskets, clothes horses and ironing boards are just some of the collapsible gadgets that spring to mind;
4. Hang your shoes
- do you find that everyone’s shoes tend to end up in a jumbled heap at the bottom of a wardrobe – or just anywhere on the floor?
- a simple and effective way of keeping better order – and saving space – is to buy a hanging shoe rack;
- It’s not only great for shoes, but its pockets provide equally handy storage for items such as toiletries and cleaning products;
5. Peg it
- hooks and pegs you can hang anywhere – on the walls of your caravan, on wardrobe and cupboard doors – to provide handy places on which to hang beach towels, hats and clothes, dishcloths and the like;
- if you prefer to keep all this in the one place, you might fix a pegboard in a convenient place and keep all those frequently used items all up together;
6. Magnetic strips
- you probably use one in your kitchen at home, so why not fix one above the space in the galley of your caravan;
- knives, kitchen utensils and scissors are kept neatly out of the way – and you’ll always know just where to find them;
7. Nest them
- another trick for saving space in the kitchen or galley is to make sure that your bowls, plates and dishes nest together, rather than awkwardly shaped items taking up their own individual space in the cupboard below or above the sink;
8. Suspend it
- you don’t have to turn your caravan into the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, but there may be some unobtrusive areas where you can hang extra storage space from the ceiling;
- a small hanging wardrobe, food storage cupboard or extra shelving can be hung from the unused space and keep things well out of the way.
Increasing the storage space in your caravan is likely to prove a God-send. It helps to keep everything neatly in its proper place, rarely costs much to buy, and might help make your tourer more of a home from home.